Playing in his third winter league game, Carlos Delgado continued his offensive outburst last night going 1-3 with a walk, a solo homerun and two RBIs.
He is now batting .364 with with a .417 on-base percentage.
One thing to bear in mind is that Delgado has been restricted to the designated hitter role thus far, and has yet to play first base. ( I use that term very loosely.)
According to AOL’s Ed Price via Twitter, the Mets are expected to scout free agent Carlos Delgado this weekend in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
It’s not surprising that the Mets will now closely monitor Delgado as it’s been the plan all along.
Although I was originally sour on bringing him back, I wouldn’t be totally against a Delgado return now that Jason Bay is in the fold. The fact of the matter is that the lineup could use a lefthanded bat to break up right handed hitters David Wright, Jeff Francoeur and Jason Bay.
Plus the addition of Jason Bay AND Carlos Delgado, could mean 50-60 homeruns on top of whatever we get from Wright, Francoeur, Reyes and Beltran. If everything breaks right for the Mets, they could end up with at least five players with 25+ homeruns; a vast improvement from the offensive impotence of a season ago.
The one thing I would caution is exactly what one of our friends at TRDMB (The Real Dirty Mets Blog) wrote,
Careful Omar. I like the idea of bringing him back but make sure it’s on your terms and not at the cost of another needed upgrade.
What he means is that signing Delgado should be in addition to bolstering the rotation and starting catcher, and not in lieu of.
Of course all of this hinges on the fact he can prove that he is 100% healthy. It’s too early to make that decision right now. But, here is one thing to keep in mind, if by chance we do sign Delgado and he does spend a stint on the DL, this time will be different because we know we can have Daniel Murphy step right in, or who knows… we could see the Major League debut of Ike Davis if he’s scorching the ball at Buffalo. Unlike last year, this time we will be better prepared.
Incidentally, if you haven’t checked out TRDMB yet, you should. If there was an award for the Best New Mets Blog of 2009, they would win it hands down.